Sometimes I Get a Little Raw

This past week I was really feeling an itch to be a little more creative in the kitchen.  I mean, I love soups, and I could make and eat them every single day of my life (and for the most part I DO), but I was feeling ready to switch it up a bit from cooked foods.  So, I cracked into my trusted raw food repertoire.  And BOY! have I missed it!

Spiralized zucchini with various types and styles of sauces is something we really enjoy eating and is usually a go to raw meal for me.  This week I tried a little something different with a marinated mushroom topping rather than just a bit of oil or raw marinara.  And MAN it was so, so good! 

Here’s what I did:  I cut up baby bellas, shallots, a few cloves of garlic and an Anaheim chili.  I marinated all of it in olive oil and apple cider vinegar with paprika, and salt and pepper.  While that was getting happy,  I spiralized 5 zucchini.  When it was time to plate, I just mixed the two thoroughly in a bowl and topped with hemp seed hearts.  It was really no fuss at all.  Basically a 15-20 minute meal to prep, but the flavors were full, complex, delightful and could easily pass for an hour prep 😉  We were pleasantly full after one serving with enough for us both to have it for another meal – I was more #winning than Charlie Sheen! 

Diced and sliced & ready to marinate!
Dig in!
The next day I changed it up a little bit.  Added avocado and toasted some gf corn tortillas’s and made a little vegan taco fare.  Sooooo YUM!

Next time I make this, I will try adding a little creaminess to it with a raw cashew cheeze sauce and maybe add a little more heat with cayenne…..mmmmmm, I can taste it already!  I’m thinking of cutting the zucchini into ribbons and making the dish more raw-fettucine-alfredo-like.  Doesn’t that sound mouthwatering? 

Now, I know that eating plant based or being a vegan is not something everyone is willing to take on entirely, and I understand that completely.  We are all at different places in life with different experiences and values and opinions.  I get that, I really do.  I will never push it on you, PROMISE.  But I also promise, that if you come over to my house to eat, you are going to eat a 100% plant based meal, and you will push away from the table afterward having experienced flavors like you have never imagined….and you will be totally satisfied.  Trust me, we don’t just eat salads y’all! 

I believe everyone would improve their health exponentially and have like a eleventy-billion new dishes added to their mealtime line up if they would just buy a good vegan cookbook (I know that math doesn’t appear to compute, but in my mind it does. hahah).  Aren’t standard side dishes in America and other places around the world mainly vegetables and grains anyway?  Why not find ways to make them BETTER THAN EVER?!  Nope, I’m not pushing.  I’m just making a loving suggestion to my friends. 😊

In other completely unrelated news: I reconnected with an old friend from high school last night while chatting on Facebook Messenger.  Well, we have been friends on FB for about 12 years, but we grew up and went to school together in the same small town in Maryland.  Once or twice a year we get into a good chat.  Last night our discussion marked a whole new phase in both of our lives. At a particular moment it dawned on me that 98% of our discussion was about politics, how kids today don’t know anything, our preferred brand of heated blankets, how customer service usually sucks, what life was like ‘when we were young’ (in days of youre), and what part of our bodies was hurting the most….and I realized:  we’re getting older.  I know, right?!  I thought this only happened to *other* people.  I mean, I don’t feel old.  I still feel like a teenager.  I don’t look old (depending on who you ask), I still feel youthful and lively and fun….like I really feel like I am just getting started in life.  But, if I had been a fly on the wall to witness this particular conversation I would quickly deduce: OLD FOLKS.  I’m not sure how I feel about that.  Like, when did our conversations become less ‘edgy’, ‘now’ and ‘pop-culturey’, and become about our recent doctor appointments, and medications? For the record, neither of those things did we discuss, but given the direction everything else was going, it was only a matter of time….. 

I now realize that time can be cruel, and youth is thoroughly wasted on the young.